A loan of $725 helped to buy wooden blocks.


Margarita's story

Margarita is 59 years old. She is a widow and lives alone in her house made of superior materials because her children are hardworking people living on their own. She has always been very diligent in the duties she carried out to support her children in spite of the irreparable departure of her husband. It was thus that she initially opened a convenience store where she sold groceries, but after various years of work she had the luck of meeting two friends. Because of their mutual trust and a common desire to improve their situations, they pooled their money and it was possible for them to open a carpentry workshop where various furniture items could be made thanks to a master carpenter they also hired. According to her, it is a very profitable business, given that wood is cheap thanks to the dealers who bring wooden blocks to the city. Everyday this business receives visits from various customers who order beds, wardrobes, dressers, and stools, among other products.

This is her third loan with Kiva and she feels grateful for the financial support that she receives to get ahead. Additionally, she is committed to making her payments on time. At this time, she would like 2,000 nuevos soles to buy blocks of wood and to settle pending orders that she has. Among these is the construction of stools for the first education center in her area.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton


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